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Red Cross to host blood drive in honor of St. Louis area cancer patient

Missouri-Illinois

December 24, 2013
 

Frank Ramsey was diagnosed in December 2012

 

ST. LOUIS (Dec. 24, 2013) – The American Red Cross invites the St. Louis and surrounding communities to give blood in honor of Frank Ramsey on Jan. 7. As his wife, Linda Ramsey, describes him, Frank is not just a cancer patient, but also a victim of Murphy’s Law.

 

“It just seems like whatever could go wrong, has gone wrong since his diagnosis,” Linda said.

 

Linda was referring to Frank’s rectal cancer diagnosis in December 2012, which was followed by roughly six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. They were followed by a surgery to remove a tumor, which resulted in further complications. Frank resumed chemotherapy last fall and is expected to continue that line of treatment into mid-January.

 

Frank is also anemic and to date has received nearly 20 units of blood and platelets. His family is now partnering with the Red Cross for the Jan. 7 blood drive in Frank’s honor to help him and patients like him.

 

“We’re very fortunate blood has always been available to help Frank,” Linda said. “We want to help make sure it’s always there for others, as well.”

 

Frank Ramsey Blood Drive

Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at One Financial Plaza

501 N. Broadway in St. Louis

 

Blood collected at the Frank Ramsey Blood Drive could help a variety of patients, including those with cancer. Some cancer patients receive daily transfusions as part of their treatment.

 

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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